Created by Indigenous people and organizations, the Decolonial Toolbox is a resource designed to raise awareness of Indigenous realities among non-Indigenous people.
The first two chapters of the document seek to lay the groundwork on Indigenous realities and colonialism. As you read on, you will find suggested media (audio, video, etc.) that help you gain many perspectives. It also deals with languages, terms used to refer to Indigenous, land seizure and other colonial strategies used to eliminate Indigenous peoples. Other chapters are still being added to the Toolbox.
Why use this toolbox?
With all the talk about the importance of including Indigenous perspectives in your work, you may be wondering how you can do it. This Toolbox got you covered!
Although not directly related to sexual violence, we strongly believe that this resource is necessary. Since Indigenous women are still disproportionately affected by sexual violence, being sensitive to their reality will help you to better support them.
Once you have acquired this knowledge, it is much easier to build your prevention and intervention strategies from an Indigenous perspective. This resource satisfies the need for awareness of the diversity of perspectives and realities involved on the issue of sexual violence.
The Decolonial Toolbox is available for download from Mikana’s resources page, as well as from the Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK. An introductory video and the section on using the resource can help you better understand the importance of getting started in a decolonial learning process.
Mikana is an Indigenous organization that raises awareness to end racism and discrimination against Indigenous people. Its specialty lies in building bridges between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous worlds by creating tools and safe spaces for sharing, among other things.
The Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK
The Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK is a meeting point for community organizations, governments, the community, volunteers and businesses. It aims to foster sharing and partnerships that work toward improving the quality of life of Indigenous people.